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Mills Concert Hall

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455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States

Mills Hall is named for Charles H. Mills. From 1914 until his death in 1937, Charles Mills was a professor of music and the director of the School of Music at the University of Wisconsin. One of his most noted accomplishments there was “the Wisconsin plan” which provided for the acceptance of music courses for entrance credit by the University of Wisconsin on an equal basis with recognized academic subjects. The high standards Mills set as a basis for granting this increase in entrance credits for music were credited with greatly increasing the quality of public school music education, and the “Wisconsin plan” served as an example for other states to follow.

Mills also elevated the level of music study at the University of Wisconsin. When he came to Wisconsin, the School of Music offered only a two-year course leading to a certificate. During his tenure here, it became a four-year course leading to a Bachelor’s degree, and Master’s and Doctoral programs were introduced. One of Mills’s last public appearances was at the 1937 commencement exercises, where he escorted his first Ph.D. candidate, Robert A. Sromovsky. The program was shifted from a conservatory-type course to a broader educational program in which nearly half the credits earned by graduates were in subjects outside of music including English, History and languages. Mills believed that it was important for musicians to be well-rounded individuals.

Learn more here: http://music.library.wisc.edu/wma/papers/mills_ch/mills_ch.htm

January 2019

Double Reed Fest

January 19, 2019 @ 1:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Hosted by UW-Madison faculty, Andreas Oeste, oboe and Marc Vallon, bassoon, the Double Reed Fest brings together oboists and bassoonists all of age and all abilities in a festive celebration of their instruments. The event, in which everyone is a playing participant, includes a faculty recital, a master class for each instrument and a celebratory concert devoted to double reed choir music. The participants have also a chance to try out instruments and check out accessories and more at the…

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Duo Faculty Recital: Tom Curry, tuba with Mark Hetzler, trombone

January 26, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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A duo recital featuring Tom Curry, tuba and Mark Hetzler, trombone.

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Schubertiade with Martha Fischer, Bill Lutes and Schubert scholar Susan Youens

January 27, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Schubert's final year - 1828 An annual tradition at the School of Music, featuring songs, vocal ensembles, piano and chamber music associated with Franz Schubert's friends and colleagues. A reception at the University Club will follow the concert. This year's Schubertiade will feature Susan Youens, widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost authorities on German song and the music of Franz Schubert and Hugo Wolf. She is one of very few people in the United States who have won…

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Decoda Interactive Performance Residency

January 31, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Please check back soon for residency details, including master classes. Decoda is a collective of versatile artists dedicated to creating dynamic performances and creative programs designed for social impact. Decoda’s pursuits place equal emphasis on artistry and engagement to create meaningful musical experiences around the globe through concerts in major international venues and neighborhood projects with vibrant community partners. Decoda will be on campus at UW-Madison for a four-day residency organized by clarinet professor and Decoda artist, Alicia Lee. Decoda…

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February 2019

Wisconsin Summit for Band Conductors

February 1, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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7th Annual Wisconsin Summit A workshop featuring internationally renowned clinicians focused on self-improvement for the middle and high school band director Hosted by Scott Teeple, professor, conductor of Wind Ensemble, and the UW–Madison Mead Witter School of Music Band Program February 1–2, 2019 George L. Mosse Humanities Building and Union South, UW–Madison. $235 general admission, $7.50 for current UW–Madison students.   Guest clinicians: Mary Land, director of bands, Young Harris College, Georgia. Cheryl Floyd, retired director of bands, Hill Country…

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Pro Arte Quartet

February 2, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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The Pro Arte Quartet is one of the world’s most distinguished string quartets. Founded by conservatory students in Brussels in 1912, it became one of the most celebrated ensembles in Europe in the first half of the twentieth century and was named Court Quartet to the Queen of Belgium. Its world reputation blossomed in 1919 when the quartet began the first of many tours that enticed notable composers such as Milhaud, Honegger, Martin, and Casella to write new works for…

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Faculty Recital: Daniel Grabois, horn

February 6, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Daniel Grabois is associate professor of horn and founder of EARS, the Electro-Acoustic Research Space. He is also the horn player in the Meridian Arts Ensemble and the Wisconsin Brass Quartet.  Before moving to Wisconsin, Mr. Grabois was a freelance horn player in New York City for 24 years, and served as chair of contemporary performance at the Manhattan School of Music for four years. He has also taught at The Hartt School and at Princeton University.

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Christopher Taylor, solo classical piano

February 9, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Program: From 24 Preludes, op. 53 (1988) - Nikolai Kapustin 19. E-flat Major, Vivace 20. c minor, Lento a piacere 21. B-flat Major, Comodo 22. g minor, Animato 23. F Major, Moderato 24. d minor, Presto Symphony no. 8 in F Major, op. 93 - Ludwig van Beethoven, transcribed by Franz Liszt Fantasy in C Major, D. 760 ("Der Wanderer") - Franz Schubert Hailed by critics as “frighteningly talented” (The New York Times) and “a great pianist” (The Los Angeles…

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UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra

February 14, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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With Chad Hutchinson, conductor.

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UW Wind Ensemble – Presenting the winner of the inaugural Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition

February 17, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Scott Teeple, conductor. Featuring the winner of our inaugural Concerto Competition for wind musicians, which will be offered every two years. Midori Samson Winner Midori Samson is a bassoonist, educator, and activist. Currently, she is a Collins Fellow at UW-Madison, and holds the positions of second bassoon in the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and principal bassoon in the Beloit-Janesville Symphony. Previously, she was a Fellow in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and performed in several Chicago Symphony Orchestra family concerts. In…

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UW Concert Band

February 17, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Mike Leckrone, conductor.

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John Harbison Celebration: World Premiere of the Viola Sonata

February 17, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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SPECIAL EVENT: The world premiere of composer John Harbison's Viola Sonata, written for Sally Chisholm, violist of the Pro Arte Quartet. Ms. Chisholm will perform the sonata with Timothy Lovelace, professor of collaborative piano at the University of Minnesota and a resident member of the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota. John Harbison will be present for this premiere. The program will also include the Pro Arte Quartet performing John Harbison’s “Four Encores for String Quartet.” Ticketed event: $25, with proceeds…

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UW-Western Percussion Ensemble with guest composer Elliot Cole and percussionist Peter Ferry

February 20, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Presenting a three-day residency by composer Elliot Cole and percussionist Peter Ferry, who will perform with the UW-Western Percussion Ensemble. The residency will consist of master classes and presentations, and will culminate in a concert highlighting Mr. Cole’s percussion ensemble music, including his recent work, “The Future is Bright” for soloist, film, and percussion ensemble. The UW Western Percussion Ensemble will perform all of the music on the concert, with Mr. Ferry joining the students for the evening’s central composition.…

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Faculty Recital: Parry Karp, cello and Eli Kalman, piano

February 28, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Cellist Parry Karp is artist-in residence and professor of chamber music and cello at UW-Madison, where he is director of the string chamber music program. He has been cellist of the Pro Arte Quartet for the past 41 years, the longest tenure of any member in the quartet’s over 100 year history. Mr. Karp has played concerti throughout the United States and gave the first performance in Romania of Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo with the National Radio Orchestra in Bucharest in…

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March 2019

Winds of Wisconsin

March 3, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Winds of Wisconsin, directed by Professor Scott Teeple, is a high school wind ensemble which provides outstanding young musicians with an opportunity to learn wind literature of the highest quality. Winds of Wisconsin consists of two concerts with five rehearsals each, sectionals, an instrumental masterclass with UW-Madison School of Music faculty, and additional topics presented by the music education faculty.

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Faculty Recital: Jessica Johnson, piano

March 8, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Jessica Johnson serves on the piano faculty at the UW-Madison as professor of piano and piano pedagogy. In 2006, she received UW-Madison’s prestigious Emil Steiger Distinguished Teaching Award for excellence in teaching. Johnson has been on the faculties of Augustana College (Illinois), Sterling College, and the Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts. This concert will feature works by women composers from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.

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Wind Fest

March 9, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Join UW-Madison wind faculty and special guests from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for a day of woodwind extravagance, featuring masterclasses, reading sessions, chamber music, and performances! We thank the Vilas Trust, the Anonymous Fund, and our many donors for supporting these concerts and other activities at the School of Music.

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Wingra Wind Quintet

March 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Since its formation in 1965, the Wingra Wind Quintet at UW-Madison has established a tradition of artistic and teaching excellence. The ensemble has been featured in performance at national conferences such as MENC (Miami), MTNA (Kansas City), and the International Double Reed Society (Minneapolis). The quintet also presented an invitational concert on the prestigious Dame Myra Hess series at the Chicago Public Library, broadcast live on WFMT. In addition to its extensive home state touring, the quintet has been invited…

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University Bands

March 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Darin Olson, O'Shae Best and Cole Hairston, conductors.

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“Symphony Showcase” – Concerto Winners Solo with the UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra

March 10, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Winners of the 2018-2019 competition: Adalia Hernandez Abrego, piano Jiawen Zhang, piano Poulenc - Concerto for Two Pianos in D minor Chia-Yu Hsu, bassoon Bitsch - Concertino for Bassoon and Orchestra Cayla Rosche, soprano Strauss - Vier Letzte Lieder, TrV 296 Richard Silvers, violin Dvorak - Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 53 This is a ticketed event. $12 adults, free to students/children, music majors, faculty and staff. To avoid long lines, we suggest arriving 30 minutes early or…

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Wisconsin Brass Quintet

March 14, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Please note: Due to circumstances beyond our control, the March performance of the WBQ will not include percussionist Anthony DiSanza. We announce trumpeter Jean Laurenz, who replaces Alex Noppe, who received an offer that tempted him from Madison. The performance is now free of charge, no tickets required. Formed in 1972, the Wisconsin Brass Quintet has maintained a position at the forefront of brass chamber music. The WBQ’s commitment to commissioning, arranging, transcribing, and reimagining repertoire has afforded the group…

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Le Domaine Musical with Marc Vallon

March 15, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Program to be published in early spring. Read about a previous Le Domaine Musical.

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UW Concert Band – Spring Concert

March 26, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Mike Leckrone, conductor.

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Pro Arte Quartet

March 28, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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The Pro Arte Quartet is one of the world’s most distinguished string quartets. Founded by conservatory students in Brussels in 1912, it became one of the most celebrated ensembles in Europe in the first half of the twentieth century and was named Court Quartet to the Queen of Belgium. Its world reputation blossomed in 1919 when the quartet began the first of many tours that enticed notable composers such as Milhaud, Honegger, Martin, and Casella to write new works for…

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Uri Vardi Quintets: Students, Friends, and Family

March 29, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Featuring Uri Vardi, cello; Christopher Taylor, piano; David Perry, violin; Soh- Hyun Altino, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; Amitai Vardi, clarinet; James Waldo, cello; David Scholl, double bass. This concert will feature quintets of Boccherini, Mozart, and Schubert. Mr. Vardi has performed as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber player across the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, and his native Israel. Born in Szeged, Hungary, Vardi grew up on kibbutz Kfar Hahoresh, Israel. He studied at the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv, was…

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Faculty Recital: David Scholl, double bass

March 31, 2019 @ 2:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Double bassist David Scholl, adjunct professor of string bass, currently serves as principal bass of the Madison, Quad City, and Dubuque Symphonies. He frequently appears with Elgin, Rockford, and South Bend Symphonies, among others, and was previously a member of the Illinois Symphony. Mr. Scholl is also active in the new music community, including appearances as a guest artist on Chicago Symphony’s MusicNOW series, University of Chicago’s Contempo series, and with the Spektral Quartet. In addition to his work as…

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April 2019

UW Concert Choir

April 6, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Beverly Taylor, conductor.

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UW Chorale

April 12, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Bruce Gladstone, conductor.

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Low Brass Ensemble

April 13, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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The UW-Madison Low Brass Ensemble features students from the trombone and tuba/euphonium studios. With Tom Curry and Mark Hetzler, directors.

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Madrigal Singers

April 13, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Bruce Gladstone, conductor.

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Twisted Metal

April 17, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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The UW Horn Choir performs their annual rock-inspired spring show. Daniel Grabois, director.

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Western Percussion Ensemble

April 24, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Anthony DiSanza, director.

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UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra

April 26, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Chad Hutchinson, conductor.

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All-University Strings

April 27, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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All-University Strings is comprised of two non-major string orchestras (named Orchestra One and Orchestra Two), open to all interested string players. With Pedro Oviedo, conductor.

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UW Wind Ensemble

April 27, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Scott Teeple, conductor.    

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UW Concert Band and Reception with Mike Leckrone – Spring Concert

April 28, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Mike Leckrone, conductor. The School of Music will honor retiring Director of Bands, Mike Leckrone, with a reception after his final appearance as conductor of the Concert Band. If weather permits, the concert and reception will be held in the Humanities courtyard.   Mike Leckrone. Image by UW Communications.    

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University Bands

April 28, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Darin Olson, O'Shae Best and Cole Hairston, conductors.

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Combined Choirs Concert

April 28, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Masters Singers, University Chorus and Women’s Chorus.

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